By Izzi Winstanley (U6, Q)
At 7.45 am on the morning of Sunday 4 October, as the rest of Cheltenham enjoyed a Sunday lie-in, 25 College prefects were beginning a day of intense running and cycling in aid of the charity Meningitis Now. As Yvie Seville (U6, Ch) and Max Hickman (U6, H) completed their first lap of College Field, the 1,200 kilometre target felt a long way away. Little did we imagine, by midday that figure would be history; as the kilometres steadily accumulated, we were soon aiming for 3,000. Although all of the prefects were invaluable, special mention must go to Max Hickman, for his strong running performance, and Katie Stanton (U6, A), for scheduling the entire event.
During the course of the day, there was also a fair on College Field with each house running a stall. From face-painting to egg throwing, each and every stall raised a significant sum for Meningitis Now, and thanks must go to those who supervised the stalls throughout the afternoon. By 7.45pm, thanks to the live music, encouragement from our fellow Upper Sixth, cheers from the Headmaster, and high-fives from each other, we had clocked up 3,215 kilometres. Tired, but happy, and carrying a huge sense of achievement, we ran into chapel, where we were greeted by applause from the rest of College.
Many thanks to all those who donated, supported and organised. As we continue to calculate the amount collected we can see that so far we have over £5000 for Meningitis Now and it was a privilege to raise money for such a worthy cause. You can donate to the cause here.